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Northanger Abbey and Persuasion: Two Timeless, Universal Novels. (Blog #3B) June

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After reading Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both authored by Jane Austen, I can clearly understand why these novels are considered classics. Both novels deal with themes that will always be relevant to the modern world and will always be relatable to the reader.

            The major theme addressed by Jane Austen in both novels was social standing/class distinction. In Northanger Abbey, the main character Catherine, falls in love with Henry Tilney, however; Henry’s father forbids them from marrying because Catherine does not meet the Tileny’s social standing. The Tilney family is much wealthier than Catherine’s family, and a marriage between Catherine and Henry would be a disgrace to the Tilney family name. In Persuasion, a similar situation occurs. The main character Anne Elliot falls in love with Frederick Wentworth. The couple plans on wedding, but Anne’s father disapproves of the marriage. Anne’s family is much wealthier than Frederick’s family, and just like in Northanger Abbey, a marriage between Anne andFrederick would be a disgrace to the Elliot family name.

            Even though both novels were written years ago, the theme of social standing/class distinction is still relevant in today’s society. Recently, the engagement announcement of Prince William and Kate Middleton caused a media uproar. Kate was a commoner, a lifestyle that was far from the lifestyle of a royal subject. It had been the first time ever that someone from the royal family had married outside of the royal social standing. The media often criticized Kate for being a commoner, and the fact that she could not maintain a steady job. Despite all this criticism, Kate focused on her relationship, as opposed to her social standing or media criticism, and eventually happily married Prince William, with the public’s happy consent. Kate proved to the world, that social structure can be overthrown. Her love for Prince William and self-determination, not only allowed her to achieve her personal happiness, but convinced the world to embrace her, not her social class!

Prince William and Kate Middleton

 

Jane Austen’s character driven novel allows the reader to connect well, and identify with, her characters. (Blog #2B)

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            In Jane Austen’s novel, Persuasion, the story is completely character driven. Jane goes to great lengths to give details about each of the character’s lives, and intertwines the plot around them. Austen focuses on the true emotions of the characters and then allows he plot to unfold.      Throughout the novel, it is evident that Austen wants the reader to feel a connection with her characters. She wants the reader to feel as if they have known these characters all their lives. She wants the reader to be engaged in the novel. Page by page Austen develops the characters lives and gives a brief history of the main characters. In chapter one she states facts such as, “Walter Elliot, born March 1, 1760, married July 15, 1784, Elizabeth, daughter of James Stevenson, Esp., ofSouthPark, in the country ofGloucester…” (pg. 1) Austen’s strong ability to develop the characters meticulously throughout the novel, allowed me to connect with each of them. I felt as if I had known the characters personally.

            Although one may argue that some of the facts Jane Austen state about her characters are unnecessary, I feel that this attention to detail is what kept me wanting to read on. I wanted to find out more about these characters. I enjoyed reading about their lives and watching them unfold before my eyes. I felt as though these characters were actual living people.            

            One could think that Austen’s novel was more biographical than fictional, but this is what captures your interest and enhances the character driven novel, to make it such a literary success.